Educate students in mind and body—and optimize their success. There is no issue today that gets more attention and incites more debate than children’s use of technology. Technology offers exciting new opportunities and challenges to you and your students. Meanwhile, movement is essential to learning—it increases mental energy and helps brain cells develop. But screen time often comes at the expense of physical activity. How do you choose? You don’t! This blended instructional approach combines kinesthetic teaching methodologies with technological resources to meet content standards, increase achievement and test scores, and enrich the learning process. Here you’ll find • A neuroscientific overview of the powerful brain-body connection • Step-by-step instructions for balancing movement and the use of technology in the classroom • Practical tools, templates, and vignettes to ensure successful implementation • Classroom management tactics and useful remedies for common problems Educating the whole child means promoting social, physical, mental, emotional, and cognitive growth. By joining two powerful teaching tools, you’ll prepare students for a bright future—in school and in life—while growing your instructional expertise as well.
Chapter 2: The Power of Movement
The Power of Movement
WANTing Past Values Back
Wellness: The Downward Dive
What is happening to the overall wellness of our society? If you were asked to predict statistics regarding obesity, nutrition, physical inactivity, and causes of death or illness, what would you say? The reality is that our civilization has taken a downward dive when it comes to our overall public health and well-being. It is imperative for our society to bring the value of physically active lifestyles back to the forefront. As a culture and as educational advisers, we must take these disturbing statistics seriously as we unite and construct active plans to battle these formidable extremes. Ponder this data with worry and allow it to serve as motivation for you ...